She weighs over 800 pounds, has facial hair and fish breath, and she's fallen in love with Phil Demers. But he doesn't mind. He is after all her trainer and the "she" in question is a walrus at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Five-year-old Smooshi the walrus has developed an inexplicable bond with 28-year-old Demers, and her attachment is baffling marine biologists and animal behaviour experts.
Demers wasn't the first trainer Smooshi worked with after arriving at Marineland from Russia about four years ago. Nor was she a newborn who had confused Demers with her mother. So why she has attached herself to him remains a mystery.
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